Congratulations to Amy Hoover, 2022 National Certified Flight Instructor of the year

Amy is a member of IAA’s District 6. Amy learned to fly in Salmon, Idaho and still considers it her Homebase.

General Aviation Awards published the following:

Dr. Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Washington has been named the 2022 National Certified Flight Instructor of the Year. Amy graduated from Texas Christian University in 1983 with a B.S. in Geology, completed her Masters in Geology at Oregon State University in 1987, and her Ph.D. in Education in 2005 from Oregon State University. Amy has dedicated over three decades of her life to advancing aviation education with 3,000+ hours of instruction time given in aircraft and an astounding 15,000+ hours of ground instruction given. She specializes in tailwheel and mountain flying instruction. In the summers when not teaching at the University Amy goes home to central Idaho where she has been teaching backcountry flying for 30 years.

In 2019, Amy was the primary author of the ASA book “Mountain, Canyon, and Backcountry Flying” which has sold over 5,000 copies to date. Rod Machado, who wrote the book’s foreword put it simply “All pilots should own a copy of this wonderful book.”

Amy has served in many professional capacities in her career. She is a Full Professor in the Aviation Department at Central Washington University, where she serves as a flight check instructor and assistant chief ground instructor. Amy has mentored new pilots through the International 99s, Women in Aviation, ALPA ACE, Alpha Eta Rho, and the FAA’s ACE Academy. Students of Amy’s have commented she makes many complex courses and subjects fun, interesting, and easy to understand.

In conjunction with her experience as an instructor, author, and educator, Amy has also served on several national and international panels in the last 5 years including, but not limited to, Aerospace Education Live – International Civil Air Patrol, Human Factors and Safe Practices for Backcountry Flying, FAA Wings Seminar: Weather or Not – Where do I go? Backcountry Adventure and Skills (AOPA), as well as numerous FAA Wings Seminars, both live and online. Amy often drives, or flies, at her own expense to provide these key education seminars and panels.

Amy’s experience reaches far beyond the flight deck. During the last 5 years, she has given over 400 hours of instrument instruction in simulators, has developed and taught over a dozen different aviation subjects at the collegiate level, and has conducted more than 40 presentations on a variety of aviation subjects.

Amy’s dedication, steadfastness, and passion for aviation exceed that of many in our industry. Today, Amy is a member and avid contributor of various aviation organizations including, but not limited to, AOPA, EAA, Idaho Aviation Association, International 99’s, NAFI, and many more. It should be noted that Amy received several letters of recommendation from professionals across the industry. Each recommendation mentioned Amy’s dedication to her craft, her passion for aviation and her students, as well as her desire to advance aviation education into the modern era. Congratulations and questions for Amy can be sent to [email protected].

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